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The Cobb Tales March 1, 2013

The Week Ahead...

Opera Week Monday, March 4 Piano lessons 3:15-6:30 Tuesday, March 5 Piano lessons 3:15-6:30 Wednesday, February 6 Lego Club make-up 3:15-4:30 Friday, March 8 No Parent Infant Community No half-day YCC No Morning Primary No Nest 12:30 All-day YCC dismissed 2:00 ED & EL dismissed 10-11:30 The Miracle Tree dress rehearsal Ferguson Theater 10:45-11:45 Suzuki Music (rescheduled from March 1. Siblings invited!) 5:00 Elementary students begin gathering at EWS 6:40 Extended Day gather EWS (navy skirt/pants & white tops)

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7:00 The Miracle Tree

Opera Week at The Cobb School Next week we welcome guest directors, Bill and Hollis Bokhout, back to The Cobb School. These seasoned professionals fly in from Michigan every year to spend five precious days with our Elementary students. Opera Week is a unique and intense experience for the Elementary children. The students will commit their songs to memory, learn complex choreography and turn their complete attention toward the production of a fullblown children’s opera. The Extended Day children also have a vital role in next week’s work. They are already rehearsing their songs for the introduction to The Miracle Tree. Please be The Miracle Tree sure to welcome our guests, Bill and Hollis, and give all our children the care, Ferguson Theater support and enthusiasm that will sustain them through Friday evening’s performEthel Walker School ance. The entire community is invited to 7pm the opera. We hope to see you there. Believe


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A Window into Their World Please click the acorn below to listen to an interview with Dr. Steven Hughes and Matt Hillis recorded last week in California. This compelling dialogue is laid over pictures from Montessori classrooms at Bergamo Montessori. There are researchers, scientists, psychologists, teachers, parents, etc. all over the country advocating for Montessori education. Talking to others is the first step. Listen to the way Steven Hughes and Matt Hillis show us how this is done. Don’t be afraid to Spotlight on Montessori share your passion for Montessori, and don’t be afraid to see yourself Dr Steven Hughes & Matt Hillis in the greater Montessori movement. Click acorn to view slideshow.

Bids and Blooms Auction News Calling All Cobb School Families! The Auction Committee is still soliciting donations for this year's online auction. This group of dedicated parents are working hard to collect the most desirable items & create the most enjoyable auction imaginable. Looking for ideas? Past donations have included:  a week at a family's summer home in Rhode Island  a weekend at a family's apartment in Manhattan  a golf outing at a highly desired golf club  special lessons from a sports or music pro  Other ideas might include:  a private cooking party at your home  babysitting for your little ones so you can have a much needed date night  offering your creative specialty to a Cobb family If you have any questions regarding donations, please contact a member of the Auction Committee or Laura Radmore at Thank you for your participation and get excited for Cobb's best auction yet!

The Book Shelf Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Recovering and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy

Education News What happens after the droids take our jobs?

Montessori-educated Andrew McAfee is principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His books include Enterprise 2.0 and Race Against the Machine).

If students designed their own school… it would look like this If we don't grade how will we know if children are learning? Three Huge Mistakes We Make Leading Kids…and How to Correct Them

Eight founders who ruined their companies

It's not fun to talk about who ruined their companies, but it's awesome that the two examples this journalist references of leaders who HAVE NOT are Sergey Brin of Google and Jeff Bezos of Amazon. The coincidence was not lost on us. Peter Drucker, another Montessori-educated success story, would certainly have something to say about this.

This Week’s Photos...


Friday Mornings at Cobb

Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success

The "Show Me" Night

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Our Parent Infant Community

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking The Parents We Mean To Be: How WellIntentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development

Extraordinarily Rich Days A Real Education The Year of the Snake Respect responsibility independence integrity

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